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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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I’d like to start this month off by reminding all my Brothers that Valentine’s Day is this month, so make sure to put in your flower orders early gentlemen!
Now to thank everyone for joining us at Home Lodge’s Installation of Officers on January 13th. I’d especially like to thank my Installing team: Most Worshipful Wright, Worshipful Judd, and Worshipful Pollock. I am honored to have had Most Worshipful Wright be my Installing Officer, and it’s a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life. He’s a man that has truly the greatest regard for our fraternity. As I made known during my brief speech at Installation, I’ve never been installed without Worshipful Judd as Master of Ceremonies, and I did not intend on having any other Brother place the Master’s jewel on me. Worshipful Judd has always been an invaluable source of wisdom and guidance & a reminder that we should always try to have a little fun. Worshipful Pollock came to my rescue as I had asked him only a week before installation if he would be my Installing Chaplain. He’s always been a great support of me in my Masonic journey and he is such a strength and support of Home Lodge, and I hope that one day I can do the same for our Home. So again, to these three exemplary men, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I don’t think words can ever express what you, being a part of this Installation means to me.
To my Officer’s, thank you for devoting your time to serve our Lodge. Being an Officer is one of the biggest sacrifices we can make as Masons. It takes long hours and even more patience to do what you all are doing, and I want to thank you for joining me in this journey.
I want to thank everyone that joined us at our first Masonic Education Night. Brother Boris Linares put on a wonderful lecture and we had some great discussion. I want to remind everyone that we’ll be hosting these Masonic Education Night on the last Wednesday of every month. Sometimes we can forget that Masonry requires practice and learning in order that we can better ourselves through its teachings. This is the exact reason for these nights. So that we truly make good men better.
As always, I want to thank our regular attendee’s, without you our candidates would be alone on the sidelines. To those that haven’t made it to Lodge in a while, the door is almost always open.
…Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday night than at Home.
I would like to congratulate the Officers from Home Lodge 721 for becoming installed. Thank you to all of those who attended and were a part of this amazing day.
I’d like to congratulate my younger brother Worshipful Artin Aladadyan for being installed as Master of our wonderful Lodge.
I’m so proud of you. For so many years you’ve followed my lead and, have supported me in my endeavors. I feel honored and privileged that now I follow you. You’re not only my brother, both by blood and fraternal bond, but also my best friend. I’m so proud of you and proud of the man you’ve become. I hope this year is an amazing one for you, filled with nothing but triumphs and success.
I love you very much.
Masons cannot be masons without the women in their lives. We are propelled forward by the women that support us. This Valentine’s Day let us take the opportunity to thank the wonderful women in our lives.
Lastly, I hope you all will join us for the banquet for our very own Worshipful Ken Judd, P.M., The Grand Marshal. Although he is not a Past Master of Home Lodge, he’s still OUR Past Master nonetheless. He’s been a mentor of the Officers of Home for which we are very grateful for. So please join us this month for honoring him.
Bro. Andre Aladadyan
Firstly, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Installation of Officers. We were honored to have the Grand Master of California as Installing Officer and other Grand Lodge Officers in attendance. Congratulations are in order for our new Worshipful Master Artin Aladadyan, and all the other officers.
I have been a Mason for 3 years. Since I was initiated this lodge has become a very important part of my life. Serving it now as a pillar officer is a role I take seriously and I look forward to this year.
Public Schools Night is approaching in April during our Stated Meeting, where we will honor three deserving students. Your attendance will help make the night brighter for these students.
Brother Boris Linares is running an education night on the last Wednesday of every month. As Masons, one of our core practices is gaining further knowledge. Come on the last Wednesday and learn something new.
As always, all brethren are encouraged to attend degrees. Every man sitting on the sideline makes the night all the more special for the brother receiving his degree. Think of the men in the past and overseas who make great risks to attend lodge. Brothers cross great distances, cross war zones, and undergo persecution to keep our ancient Craft alive. Don’t let a bit of California rain stop you.
Fraternally from the South,
Peter G. Vogelsang
WORSHIPFUL ARTIN ALADADYAN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
PETER VOGELSANG, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
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HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2019 are $101.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2018) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2019. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2019 term are: $101.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2019:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,121.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,919.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,717.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,414.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,111.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR BROTHERS THAT HAVE BE RAISED TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Christopher G. Berberian
Brother Avetis Petoyan
Brother Geronimo Legaspi
Brother Boris Lunares
Brother Anthony Hatchett
Brother Thomas S. Austin
Brother Justin Bruce
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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